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stained glass in exterior door4/15/14
I am building a exterior door 36 x 84 , I have a great piece of stained glass 20 x 65 from 1980 that I want to put into door. I have done doors before and they have all held up very good my question is about how set stained glass panel into door. should I buy insulated glass panel and have stained glass on inside of door? thanks for any help
Yes that is your safest bet. We have built many church doors, windows and transoms and that's how we do it.
Most times the glass is reclaimed or original and needs protection.
Set it behind a pc of tempered or insulated tempered if need be.
In recent years, 'container-load' exterior doors have flooded the market, many of which had leaded glass panels sandwiched in insulated glass. As a result, owners and designers and woodworkers all followed suit and sandwiched art glass panels in side insulated units.
However, over time these units seemed to age prematurely - seals failed, glass sagged, dust showed up inside the units, etc. The fact that they were in a moving door did not help - the glass could move within the air gaps and even rattle and/or sag. Then owners found out just how hard it is to repair these things.
Now we recommend piggy-backing the glass on the interior side of insulated glass, with wood stops/spacers that hold the glass panels away from each other.
The art glass is set with an appropriate stop molding, and fastened with oval head brass screws for future removal without destruction. In some cases, we will even make a frame that will hold the glass and hinged it to the door. This gets bulky and makes for problems with hinges and latches, in my opinion.
Be aware of codes when supplying doors with glass.